US Tightens Space Debris Standards

US Tightens Space Debris Standards

The US is tightening regulation standards for managing space debris. NASA announced these guidelines, a revision to a 2001 version of standards, on December 9, 2019. As the amount of satellites launched continues to grow, with thousands being proposed for launch in...
Vulnerabilities in SATCOM Systems Used Around the World

Vulnerabilities in SATCOM Systems Used Around the World

During this year’s DEF CON 26, IOActive’s Security Researchers Ruben Santamarta and Josep Pi Rodriguez discuss vulnerabilities in SATCOM equipment and security flaws in Extreme Networks’ WingOS. Santamarta builds on his extensive research from 2014...
Single Event Upsets in Aviation

Single Event Upsets in Aviation

Many people worry about planes crashing. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, fear of flying, usually called aviophobia, affects 6.5 percent of the population, which amounts to 20 million people. Other estimates are even higher, if you include people...
How can we study the effect of cosmic rays? On a volcano!

How can we study the effect of cosmic rays? On a volcano!

High-energy neutrons stream through our atmosphere. These neutrons can cause computer errors known as single-event upsets. Although these upsets do not result in permanent damage, they can crash computer applications, such as those vital to operating aircraft. The...
What happens during a solar storm?

What happens during a solar storm?

Solar storms occasionally reach earth. The first solar storm to be documented was in 1859 -known as the Carrington Event. A solar coronal mass ejection hit Earth’s atmosphere. What ensued was one of the largest geomagnetic storms in recorded history. The Aurora,...